em·​bed | \ im-ˈbed How to pronounce embed (audio) \
variants: or less commonly
embedded also imbedded; embedding also imbedding; embeds also imbeds

Definition of embed

transitive verb

1a : to enclose closely in or as if in a matrix fossils embedded in stone
b : to make something an integral part of the prejudices embedded in our language
c : to prepare (a microscopy specimen) for sectioning by infiltrating with and enclosing in a supporting substance
d : to insert (a media file, such as a graphic, video, or audio clip) into a computer document (as on a website or in an email) Marketers embed advertisements in subscription mailing-list messages to reach target audiences.— Matthew Mills The company … lets users embed video and audio attachments in E-mail messages.— Matt Richtel
2a : to attach (a journalist) to a military unit for the purpose of covering a conflict Ever since the American-led invasion of Iraq last year, when hundreds of journalists were embedded with military units, people in media circles have been debating whether journalists lose their professional detachment under such circumstances and begin to identify too closely with the troops they are covering.— Robert D. Kaplan
b : to attach (someone) to a group (such as a military unit or government agency) for the purpose of advising, training, or treating its members Implementation of the plan to embed behavior specialists at the brigade level will result in 50 positions being staffed between now and 2013.— Philip Grey Dr. Dawdy … is one of the more unusual relief workers among the thousands who have come to the devastated expanses of Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She is officially embedded with the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a liaison to the state's historic preservation office.— John Schwartz
3 : to surround closely a sweet pulp embeds the plum seed

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embedment \ im-​ˈbed-​mənt How to pronounce embed (audio) \ noun

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Examples of embed in a Sentence

embed a post in concrete the nails were solidly embedded in those old plaster walls
Recent Examples on the Web Sisense goes beyond the dashboard to allow users to build custom analytic experiences and embed them in their customer and employee-facing apps and workflows - making analytics accessible and approachable to everyone regardless of their skill set. Gary Drenik, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 The mission was not humanitarian, but rather part of a push at Amazon to embed Alexa technology into all kinds of real estate. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, 4 Oct. 2021 This openness can help embed disability in all aspects of the fashion industry -- to the point where a disabled model no longer garners headlines. Lottie Jackson, CNN, 29 Sep. 2021 Called Nahoft, the app can turn messages into a random jumble of Farsi, or even embed them in an image, to avoid detection by the Iranian regime. Brian Barrett, Wired, 18 Sep. 2021 One major way to enact real change is to embed innovation in design into the sports industry. Jonquil Hackenberg, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 Companies that embrace their climate and governance strategies and meaningfully embed them into their culture, programs and employee experience achieve greater levels of employee engagement and performance. John M. Bremen, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 The latest endeavor of veteran e-commerce executive Jordan Glazier, Wildfire will use the money to accelerate the rollout of its white-label software suite that allows businesses to embed its novel rewards platform into their online infrastructure. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Aug. 2021 Its prospects are unclear, because an earlier effort to embed high-speed rail funding in the bipartisan infrastructure bill didn’t succeed. Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of embed

circa 1794, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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The first known use of embed was circa 1794

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11 Oct 2021

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“Embed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embed. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of embed

: to place or set (something) firmly in something else


em·​bed | \ im-ˈbed \
embedded; embedding

Kids Definition of embed

: to enclose in or as if in a surrounding substance Workers embedded the posts in concrete.


transitive verb
variants: also imbed \ im-​ˈbed How to pronounce embed (audio) \
embedded also imbedded; embedding also imbedding

Medical Definition of embed

: to prepare (a microscopy specimen) for sectioning by infiltrating with and enclosing in a supporting substance

Other Words from embed

embedment \ -​ˈbed-​mənt How to pronounce embed (audio) \ noun

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